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Topical Issue "Brightness Variations of the Sun and Sun-like Stars and Resulting Influences on their Environments", submission deadline extended to 15 February 2016

Deadline: extended to 15 February 2016

The Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (SWSC) plans a topical issue on "Brightness Variations of the Sun and Sun-like Stars and Resulting Influences on their Environments", to appear in 2016. This interdisciplinary issue will include contributions to the 2015 Sun-Climate Symposium and to the IAU General Assembly’s Focus Meeting 13 “Brightness Variations of the Sun and Sun-like Stars”. We welcome contributions that cover various aspects of solar and stellar magnetically driven variability, including among others:

  • Observations of solar and stellar brightness variability
  • Physical mechanisms and models of solar and stellar variability
  • The solar-stellar connection. Is the Sun a solar-type variable?
  • The impact of solar and stellar variability on their environment
  • Sun-Climate Connection: mechanisms, climate change
  • Future observing programmes and missions

Manuscripts must be submitted via the SWSC online submission tool.
Note that the publication fees, presently 500€+tax, will increase to 700€+tax for manuscripts submitted after 31st December 2015.

All manuscripts will be peer reviewed according to the quality standards of international scientific journals. The type of contributions must fit the style of SWSC. All manuscripts should contain enough new insight, present the results against a properly referenced background of existing work, and present adequate evidence that supports the conclusions. Accepted papers are published in electronic format only, and are freely available to everyone via the SWSC web site. SWSC offers the possibility to include electronic material, such as animations, movies, codes and data.

The guest editors for this Topical Issue are:

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SWSC Impact factor 2014: 2.558

Thomson-Reuters just published the 2014 Impact Factors. The 2-year Impact Factor for SWSC, based on articles published in SWSC in 2012 and 2013 and cited in 2014, is 2.558 (2013: 2.519). The Immediacy Index, based on articles published in SWSC in 2014 and cited in 2014, is 0.857 (2013: 0.600). As SWSC is a rather new journal, 2013 was the first year that Thomson-Reuters listed it in its Journal Citation Report.

12th Edition of the European Space Weather Week, Ostend, Belgium, 23-27 November 2015

The 12th Edition of the European Space Weather Week will take place 23-27 November 2015 at the Kursaal in Ostend, Belgium. The ESWW will again adopt the central aim of bringing together the diverse groups in Europe working on different aspects of Space Weather. This includes but is not limited to the scientific community, the engineering community, applications developers, service providers and service end users.

Registration for participants is now open. For more information click here.

Topical Issue "Scientific Challenges in Thermosphere-Ionosphere Forecasting ", deadline extended to 1 June 2015

Deadline extended to 1 June 2015

The Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (SWSC) plans a topical issue on "Scientific Challenges in Thermosphere-Ionosphere Forecasting", to appear in 2015. This issue is an outcome of the Technical Interchange Meeting that was held at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena on 21-23 October, 2014. The meeting was organized around a discussion of scientific challenges in understanding magnetospheric, ionospheric and atmospheric processes that are relevant to forecasting space weather. The focus was on scientific issues that need to be addressed to reduce uncertainty of space weather predictions in the thermosphere-ionosphere and make them feasible, rather than on operational space weather forecasting. The meeting brought together solar, magnetosphere, ionosphere, atmosphere and space weather scientists and modeling experts. This Topical Issue is open to all contributors and is not limited to workshop participants.

The main broad topics of the meeting and Topical Issue are:

  1. Model inputs from the solar wind to tidal forcing, and means of forecasting inputs
  2. Scales of temporal and spatial evolution, and predictability, of the global thermosphere and ionosphere
  3. Validation datasets: which observations provide crucial contributions to understanding the physics behind thermosphere-ionosphere forecasting
  4. Forecastable quantities in the thermosphere and ionosphere

The submission deadline is extended to 1 June 2015. Final submission should be directly to SWSC, via its online submission tool
http://www.swsc-journal.org/author-information/instructions-for-authors

All manuscripts will be peer reviewed according to the quality standards of international scientific journals. The type of contributions must fit the style of SWSC. The Journal is open access and is listed in Thomson Reuters Web of Science. The Journal requires authors to pay the article processing fee of €500 for manuscripts received in 2015 and accepted for publication. Accepted papers are published in electronic format only, and are freely available to everyone via the SWSC web site. SWSC offers the possibility to include electronic material, such as animations, movies, codes and data.

The guest editors for this Topical Issue are:

  • Anthony J. Mannucci (Anthony.J. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) Lead Guest Editor
  • Yue Deng (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
  • Olga P. Verkhoglyadova (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

For questions regarding this topical issue, please contact any of the guest editors. For questions concerning the submission process the Editorial Office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) should be contacted.

Topical Issue "Statistical Challenges in Solar Information Processing", deadline extended to 31 January 2015

Deadline extended to 31 January 2015

The Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (SWSC) plans a topical issue on "Statistical Challenges in Solar Information Processing", to appear in 2015. This interdisciplinary issue is an outcome of the 7th Solar Information Processing workshop which brought together solar and space scientists, statisticians, and data processing experts who addressed the multiple data analysis challenges of solar and heliospheric missions. This Topical Issue will focus on how statistical inference and information processing can help addressing research problems in solar and heliospheric science, and provide methodologies to solve them.

Authors of oral and poster presentations given at the workshop are hereby encouraged to submit manuscripts. However, this Topical Issue is open to all contributors, it is not limited to workshop participants.

We are presently investigating the possibility to collect in a textbook all articles that are submitted and accepted on time, as it was done for past editions of Topical Issues related to Solar Information Processing workshops.

This Topical Issue will address, among others:

  • Optimal combination of in situ and imaging data
  • Tracking of small-scale magnetic features
  • Prediction of solar eruptions and solar disturbances
  • Characterisation of the solar wind turbulence
  • Methodological issues such as Bayesian inference
  • Challenges in present and future instrumentation

Important deadlines are:

  • 22 SEPTEMBER 2014: declarations of intent, with preliminary title and list of authors should be sent by email to Thierry Dudok de Wit (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
  • Extended to 31 JANUARY 2015: final submission, directly to SWSC, via its online submission tool. Note that the publication fees, presently 300€, will increase to 500€ for manuscripts submitted after 31st December 2014.

All manuscripts will be peer reviewed according to the quality standards of international scientific journals. The type of contributions must fit the style of SWSC. All manuscripts should contain enough new insight, present the results against a properly referenced background of existing work, and present adequate evidence that supports the conclusions. We also welcome articles on statistical methods with a potential to improve data analysis beyond current practices. Accepted papers are published in electronic format only, and are freely available to everyone via the SWSC web site. SWSC offers the possibility to include electronic material, such as animations, movies, codes and data.

The guest editors for this Topical Issue are

  • Craig DeForest (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
  • Thierry Dudok de Wit (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
  • Véronique Delouille (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
  • Jack Ireland (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
  • Derek Lamb (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
  • Fraser Watson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
  • Alex Young (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

For questions regarding this topical issue, please contact any of the guest editors. For questions concerning the submission process the Editorial Office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) should be contacted.

EDP Sciences signed an agreement to preserve Journals with Portico (April 2015)

EDP Sciences is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with Portico to provide a permanent archive of the e-content for many of their key journals. Through this agreement, institutions participating in Portico’s E-Journal Preservation Service will be assured continued access to EDP Sciences content for generations of their scholars in the future.

Current data will be sent to Portico as soon as the e-journal is published, and a full list of the journals committed to the Portico archive is available at http://www.portico.org/digital-preservation/who-participates-in-portico/participating-publishers/edp.

For more information read Press Release (PDF).

12th Edition of the European Space Weather Week, Belgium, 23-27 November 2015

The 12th Edition of the European Space Weather Week will take place 23-27 November 2015 in Belgium. The ESWW will again adopt the central aim of bringing together the diverse groups in Europe working on different aspects of Space Weather. This includes but is not limited to the scientific community, the engineering community, applications developers, service providers and service end users.

The deadline for submissions for the sessions and working meetings is 13 May 2015.

For more information click here.

SWSC Now available on ePUB format! (February 2015)

EDP Sciences is pleased to announce the introduction of the ePUB digital format for all SWSC articles.

We have extended our existing suite of publication formats (PDF, HTML) to include ePUB, offering a range of formats to suit our readers varying needs.

ePUB is a format used for digital documents, it will allow scientific articles to be read on most of specialized eReaders and tablets.

The ePUB version will allow to download scientific texts and to read them very easily in an offline environment. ePUB adapts to suit different screen sizes, making for optimum text display and greater reading comfort.

Meetings with sessions on space weather and space climate

  • 14th International Ionospheric Effects Symposium (IES2015)
    12-14 May 2015, Alexandria, VA, USA, abstract submission deadline 20 January 2015
  • 26th IUGG General Assembly
    22 June - 2 July 2015, Prague, Czech Republic, abstract submission deadline 31 January 2015
  • 12th AOGS annual meeting, Singapore
    2-7 August 2015, abstract submission deadline 18 February 2015

The 14th International Ionospheric Effects Symposium (IES2015)
will take place 12-14 May 2015 in Alexandria, VA, USA

See http://ies2015.bc.edu/

Of interest to our readers may be sessions:
"Space-Weather and ionospheric effects on telecommunication and satellite systems"
"Space-Weather program activities having relevance to ionospheric effects on C3I and navigation systems"

NOTE: Abstract submission deadline is 20 January 2015

The 26th IUGG General Assembly
will take place 22 June - 2 July 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic

See http://www.iugg2015prague.com/

Of interest to our readers may be sessions:
A18: "Sun-Earth System Response to Extreme Solar Events and Space Weather"
A35: "High Resolution Data for Space Plasma Turbulence, and Applications to Space Weather and Space Climate"
A43: "Characterization of Ionospheric and Magnetospheric Processes from Ground and Satellite Observations and Their Connection to Space Weather"
JA2: "Modelling of Space Weather Effects: Solar, Magnetospheric and Earth Resistivity Constraint"

NOTE: Abstract submission deadline is 31 January 2015

The 12th Annual Meeting of the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society
will take place 2-7 August 2015 in Singapore

See http://www.asiaoceania.org/aogs2015

Of interest to our readers may be sessions:
ST07: "Space Weather Forecasting: the Science and Operations"
ST11: "Radio Science in Space Weather"
ST24: "Solar activity, Space Weather and Space Climate in SCOSTEP’s VarSITI program"
ST26: "Solar Irradiance and Climate Variation"

NOTE: Abstract submission deadline is 18 February 2015

SWSC Impact factor 2013: 2.519

In 2014 Thomson-Reuters computed for the first time a two-year impact factor for SWSC, based on articles published in SWSC in the years 2011 and 2012 and cited in 2013. This 2013 impact factor is 2.519 (1.333 excluding self citations, i.e., references in SWSC articles to SWSC articles). The Immediacy Index (citations in 2013 of SWSC articles published in 2013) is 0.600. This is comparable to the relevant numbers for the AGU Space Weather journal, the only other journal known to us with prime emphasis on space weather.